What do you call a burglar who enters your home without a trace, takes nothing, and leaves gifts? Santa Claus.

While it would be nice if every burglar followed Santa's model, there are those who would seek to enter your home simply to deprive you of your most prized possessions. To keep out these unwanted guests, you need a good security system and some good security savvy. 

How to Choose a Good System

There are many security options to choose from. With all the companies out there offering to keep your home safe and secure, you need to have some means of weighing your options. One approach is to compare cost to service. A cheap service is not necessarily the best service. While you don't want to be stuck paying too much to keep your home safe and secure, you also want to make sure that your company delivers when you need them.

Noise or Calvary

Some alarms will simply make noise and/or flash lights when someone tries to break into your home. Other systems will make a call out; you want a system that calls in the police to capture criminals. Criminals will try to cut your phone lines to prevent this call, so you want to look for a system that uses a tamper-resistant wireless signal. Even with a good system in place, criminals might still be able to get into your home, so having a way to call for assistance is a necessary precaution.

What You Can Do on Your Own

Even with a good security system in place, your house may still be at risk. If you have trees that screen your house from the road and from neighbors, thieves can work undetected. If you live in an area that is not lit up by streetlights, you are similarly at risk. Darkness is not your friend, but it will be a friend to would-be thieves. Cutting back trees and installing lights will help to make your home less of a target. 

You never know when or why criminals might try to target your home, so your best bet is to be prepared for anything. A good security system and a little pruning can help to get your home ready to prevent theft. Thus, when you choose a security system for your home, do your homework to make sure you end up with a system that does what you need it to do. You can talk with a security service, such as Maffey's Security Group, to get more information about what system is best for your home.